Updated: Feb 16, 2020
Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don't talk about what you're going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they have to do to achieve their goals.
It's a fact that others are attracted to, want to be around, follow, and buy from people who know "exactly what to do" to get the job done. Make no mistake, that's a "competitive edge" for the person who possesses quiet confidence!
It's one thing to talk or write about "quiet confidence"; it's another thing to develop the skill and use it consistently in a professional way. To help you understand what it means to possess quiet confidence, take a look at these characteristics...
You have "quiet confidence" when:
1. You approach your role with an organized and focused "get it done now" sense of urgency.
2. You focus on results, not just "to do's".
3. You know how to evaluate risks that need to be taken and act only on the correct ones.
4. You practice positive self-talk that encourages you to believe in your abilities and properly challenge yourself.
5. You talk with others in a respectful, yet confident manner.
6. You are organized and in control; you can't even spell "overwhelm" let alone talk about it.
7. You have no interest in blaming others or being overly critical of yourself (pile on self guilt); you know that these activities (blame and guilt) wastes time and creates unnecessary emotional distractions.
8. You ignore negative feedback based solely upon negative opinions lacking any constructive alternatives.
9. You don't worry about things you cannot control; you focus on what you can influence or direct.
10. You work on executing the fundamentals as best as you can, keeping everything as simple as possible.
When you add it all up, an individual who has mastered the skill of "quiet confidence" is in it for the long haul. They know that one "win" is not the foundation for a successful career or business. They also know that to be true to their values, they practice the ten points all the time, not just when others are watching. They do the work required and challenge themselves to be better at every opportunity to meet their own standards and not those of others.